My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

My Ex-Life

The time for Stephen McCauley's breakout novel has come and My Ex-Life is it in a major way. A delicious novel for fans of Tom Perrotta, Maria Semple, and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney about how sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back.David Hedges’s life is coming apart at the seams. His job helping San Francisco rich kids get into the colleges of their (parents’) choice is exasperating; his younger boyfriend has left him; and the belo...

Details My Ex-Life

TitleMy Ex-Life
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews My Ex-Life

  • Larry H
    I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.In 1987, I read Stephen McCauley's The Object of My Affection . I fell head over heels in love with that book about the often-blurred lines between love and friendship, and how we sometimes confuse security for happiness. I've read it a number of times since then, and it is easily one of my favorite books. (The less said about the film adaptation with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd the better.)Through the ye...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4 Stars!This book is exactly what I needed when I picked it up. I've been reading such intense books lately that I need something a little bit on the lighter side. Now, don't get me wrong this was a light read in the sense of actions that took place however the psychological effect of this book is complex.Have you ever been divorced because you found out your ex-husband was actually gay? We hear about it from time to time and most of the time peo...
  • Anmiryam
    Every year there are at least a few entries into a genre I adore and which I call "Modern Gay Comedy of Manners." Last year I fell for Andrew Sean Greer's delicious and heartwarming Less. This year I'm glad I discovered Stephen McCauley's new book. It's not as sentimental as Greer's book, nor as romantic, but like LESS, it is concerned with the ways in which we reinvent ourselves and forge (or re-forge) families in middle age. In his exploration ...
  • Tooter
    Well that book was a ton of fun! Not my usual genre but I loved this quirky, witty read.
  • Theresa
    UPDATE: After much self debate and contemplation I did decide to leave a one star rating. I think the way I feel and my inability to stomach this book are valid reasons for the one star rating in this instance. I would not bat an eye at giving any other book I tried reading and had to abandon a low rating. Why not this one? I have decided to not finish this book (DNF). There are too many wonderful books I would like to have time to read rather th...
  • Fred
    This pleasant book about interesting characters in interesting relationships would have earned a higher rating from me had it not been completely ruined for me by the author's undisguised utter loathing of conservatives and religious people, or as he calls them, "religious" people. The first negative comment, a thought that Julie has that her soon-to-be ex-husband may have voted for Mitt Romney as an act of aggression towards her, I chalked up to...
  • Sterlingcindysu
    When I read a book of fiction, I hardly ever think that the characters are speaking in the voice and beliefs of the author. But here, that's all I was thinking about. There's zingers about all types of political viewpoints here and none of the characters take an opposing view, they're all coming from the liberal side and dissing the right. I didn't really notice during the first 50 pages, starting dog earing pages around 100 and gave that up at 1...
  • Katie
    My Ex-Life is fun, witty, and clever. A light summer read with a hint of a darker underlying edge. I definitely laughed out loud a few times while reading this amusing look at the modern family. My Ex Life is the story of David, a gay man in San Francisco who helps rich kids get into college, Julie, David's ex-wife and current stoner mom who is getting her second divorce and must turn her home into an AirBnB with the hopes of buying out her soon-...
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much to Flatiron Books for providing my free copy of MY EX-LIFE by Stephen McCauley - all opinions are my own.This is very much a character driven story with clever and witty dialogue that I absolutely LOVED!David Hedges and Julie Fiske haven’t seen each other in almost thirty years. Julie is in the middle of a divorce. Living in New England with her teenage daughter Mandy, she loves her old Victorian house, but it is rapidly becom...
  • L O R I L I N
    David and Julie's brief marriage ended decades ago, right after Julie discovered David having an affair...with the husband of one of their good friends. Both went their separate ways and moved on to different relationships. Julie even married and had a daughter, Mandy. But all these years later, David and Julie are both going through a rough patch. David's partner has left him for a younger man, and Julie is in the middle of a contentious divorce...
  • Donna Hines
    An ex is an ex for a reason as their meant to stay in your rear view while you peel out or so I thought... Till death do us part, or till we meet again...whatever shall come first!In the case of this marriage between David Hodges and Julie Fiske it was certainly short lived but not without the fireworks and fan fare.As a college counselor he was used to making the necessary adjustments for others but what about for himself? David decided to pursu...
  • Ashley (BooksandButtons)
    Thank you to Flatiron books for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately, this book did not work for me.This book is being touted as "hilarious" and I never really laughed. I found the "funny" situations that the characters were in to be boring and cliche. The characters were all very unlikable and I never felt emotionally invested in their downfalls, but more importantly, I never felt like THEY cared much about the...
  • Tara - Running 'n' Reading
    David and Julie were once married, very briefly, until David finally acknowledged his preference for men and they parted ways; they haven't seen each other in nearly thirty years but Julie, in the process of divorcing her second husband, reaches out to him to ask for help for her daughter (David has created a business providing guidance to students as they begin the college application process) and they are reunited. David's boyfriend has left hi...
  • Linda
    I really, really, really liked this book which started very humorously, but ended up tackling some really serious issues. Divorce, sexual identity, teenage angst and trying to keep true to oneself when all the rest of the world has its nose in your business. Daily, real life.I love McCauley's writing. He does not rely on trite phrases, rather he is always fresh and innovative.I have to catch up with the rest of his works.
  • Jane
    Thanks to Flatiron books for this ARC.I don't know how to review this since it was just an okay book in my opinion. Nothing exciting happening unless you want to call a teenager living w/her mother and her mother's gay ex-husband from 20 years ago who moves in to help her w/her college prep and ends up staying there permanently to help his ex-wife try to buy the rundown house she lives in. The teenager gets into a predicament with a job and her m...
  • Michelle
    Exes David and Julie are both at a crossroads in their lives. David's young boyfriend has left him for a more successful older man to whom David's landlord has decided to sell the cottage he has been living in for years. Julie is undergoing a divorce and is faced with the prospect of losing the home she has built for her and her daughter Mandy. Can these two put aside their past history and build a better future together? My Ex-Life was a sweet n...
  • Sara
    Thank you to the publishers and the author for the chance to read this book in advance!I really enjoyed this novel and I think I can pinpoint the exact reason as to why: I have never before read someone describe human nature and thoughts in such a scarily accurate yet comprehensible way. I felt like Stephen McCauley was inside my brain. Or maybe I was inside his, I don't know. The way he describes how people act, how people react, why they do wha...
  • Jen
    My Ex-Life was an interesting, witty, and drama filled novel that explores how we define family. Julie's life is falling apart- in the middle of a volatile divorce, with a teenage daughter that has no goals or motivation for college, and she has started running a B&B out of her ramshackle home for extra money but has no clue what she's doing. Her daughter finds a box from her past life and on a sentimental whim, Julie calls her ex-husband David. ...
  • Megan C.
    4.5Thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy of this one. I LOVED it! It was exactly what I needed to lighten things up after reading several dark and intense books. It's funny, witty, kind, and authentic. Full review coming soon, but if you're looking for something to freshen up your reading and give you the giggles, (while also dishing out characters you'll fall in love with), pick this one up!
  • Lisa
    A social commentary novel with well developed and interesting characters.
  • Olga Fry
    I know people are crazy about "My Ex-Life" and for a good while, I was too. I was eager to stay in the world that Stephen McCauley composed but I thought that the book began to drag on toward the end, it became a slog to try and finish.
  • Tim Pinckney
    This book is delicious from start to finish. I read it slowly because I didn't want it to end. So funny and SO smart and, at times, heartbreaking. It's a great ride. Hard to imagine anyone not handing themselves over to these fascinating, funny and beautifully drawn characters. I've read several of Mr. McCauley's books and I remain a devoted fan.Get it and read it.
  • MomIsReading
    I enjoyed the characters in this one. I do feel the ending was too abrupt and the characters did not develop as deeply as they could have. Overall solid read and some great humor.
  • Bethany Clark
    Where do I begin...What do I talk about...What do I keep a secret until you read the book for yourselves, which I HIGHLY recommend by the way.Stephen has such a great writing style - everything flows, it makes sense and it is timely.He approaches many topics from a broken marriage where one gets re-married and the other decides to come out as gay, a teenager who is lost and finds herself in a very dangerous situation, some very unique friendships...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Although I liked this a lot, it suffered a bit by having followed a book with similar themes read earlier this week. A good example of mixing titles in order to isolate the effect. There's a small (fictitious) town by the water that seems on the downslide, with quirky characters and original situations. McCauley had fun with several secondary characters that are truly hilarious, and his central characters are three dimensional and believable.
  • Nicole
    I couldn't put this novel down. I loved how unique each of the characters were and how well I got to know them. McCauley weaves so much into one sentence and I loved the clever quips weaved throughout. A beautiful novel about life, forgiveness, and growth.
  • Danielle
    * Thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with an advanced copy to read and review. *Going into this reading this book, I was not sure what to expect. I have never read anything by this author, and had not heard too much about the book. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very dysfunctional but somehow worked well together. The dialogue between characters was witty and I found myself laughing out loud to myself a...
  • Amina
    ❤ Best book I’ve read so far this year! Okay, so it’s early days of 2018 but this book grabbed me and didn’t let go until the end. LOVE all the characters and perhaps Mandy most of all (though I’m a lot closer to her mother’s age). The book is tender, smart, funny, modern, messy, and felt like an old friend. P.S. I do have some throw pillows... ❤️ Best book I’ve read so far this year! Okay, so it’s early days of 2018 but thi...
  • Carrie
    A mid-life crisis is the center of this humorous, emotional book by McCauley. This easy, comforting read acts a social commentary at times, which may offend some readers. I, however, adored this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
  • natalie
    I always appreciate winning a book from Goodreads, so thank you Goodreads.I also always try to enter just for books that I think I will like and 90% of the time I do. Somehow, this book just didn't do it for me. I felt like it was very prejudicial writing even though I know it was written as fiction. The storyline was good, but the prejudicial views were not appreciated by me. I am giving honest opinion of this book. I'm sure the writing didn't b...